London: England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed young stars like Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley could be asked to play for England`s under-21s at next year`s Under-21 European Championship.
While Hodgson`s focus is firmly on England`s bid to qualify for the senior European Championship in 2016, he is eager for his up-and-coming players to acquire as much experience of tournament football as possible.
Phil Jones, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are among the other members of the senior squad who could theoretically be asked to turn out for Gareth Southgate`s under-21s at the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic.
"That`s what the FA (Football Association) would like to happen. It will just be a question of Gareth and I sitting down and deciding which ones are the right ones to send," Hodgson told reporters earlier this week.
"There is always going to be a risk that he and I decide that although this player could have done both, we are not going to ask him to because he already has tournament experience, for example, or we think it`s a bit unfair he has not been anywhere near the other ones (in the under-21s) and all of a sudden he jumps in.
"But it will be a real discussion point between Gareth and I. We get on very well in that respect and we both sing off the same hymn sheet.
"I am certain there will be players who will have made an appearance with us (the senior team) or will have been with us and we are going to say, `Look, just because you have been with us for a while, that doesn`t make you a 100 percent bona fide senior that never plays anywhere else.`
"`It just makes you an England player and we are going to use you where we think best.` First they have got to get through that play-off (against Croatia next month)."Hodgson selected an inexperienced side for England`s 2-0 win over Switzerland last Monday in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier, featuring seven players aged 24 or under.
The international retirements of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole have robbed England of a wealth of experience and Hodgson admits he has had to suppress his natural instinct to use young players sparingly.
"I think we`ve been pretty bold for a while now in terms of our choices," he said.
"We`ve turned our back on several occasions on players who I think for one particular game would help us a bit more than some of the other ones we`re using, but I`ve tried to force myself to keep looking two years ahead.
"On one or two occasions when we`ve considered people, we`ve thought, `Yeah, but if we do that, in two years` time, the chances are he`s not going to be there. We`re robbing someone of the chance to get his feet under the table.`"
Hodgson added: "It does test your nerve. But I`m very lucky that both (assistant coaches) Ray (Lewington) and Gary (Neville) are very front-foot. They don`t really allow me to waver.
"They`re always pushing: `Come on, it`s the right thing to do, we all know it`s the right thing. Believe in it!` Because left to myself, mulling it over every night, it might be harder to hold my nerve."
England`s next qualifying game is at home to San Marino on October 9.